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Seeing Beauty, Sensing Race in Transnational Indonesia$
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L. Ayu Saraswati

Print publication date: 2013

Print ISBN-13: 9780824836641

Published to Hawaii Scholarship Online: November 2016

DOI: 10.21313/hawaii/9780824836641.001.0001

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Seeing Beauty, Sensing Race in Transnational Indonesia

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Seeing Beauty, Sensing Race in Transnational Indonesia

L. Ayu Saraswati

University of Hawai'i Press

This book explores the gendered and racialized ideology of emotions represented in images of beauty by focusing on transnational circulations of beauty ideals throughout different historical periods in Indonesia. More specifically, it explains how transnational circulations of beauty ideals help shape the construction of race, gender, and skin color in Indonesia and offers a fresh perspective on the transnational construction of categories of identity by drawing on theories of affect and feminist cultural studies of emotions. It argues that race, gender, and skin color are affectively constructed and that feelings, senses, and affects are important in the processes of subjectivity formation in a transnational context. It frames feeling as a way of seeing the world and not simply a “context to seeing.” It also discusses the simultaneous and intersecting ways in which racial, gender, skin color, transnational, and emotional/affective discourses work together in producing and maintaining power relations.

Keywords:   beauty, beauty ideals, Indonesia, race, gender, skin color, affect, senses, power relations, emotion

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